Obama responds to Newtown football coach’s message on a whiteboard

The message Newtown football coach Steve George and teacher Bob Pattison left on their classroom whiteboard Saturday night was simple and direct.

It could have been a message to George’s players in a Newtown locker room.

This one was for the President of the United States.

President Barack Obama was on his way to Newtown High School Sunday night to address a packed auditorium of families and community leaders gathered to mourn the shooting deaths of 20 children and six teachers at nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School.

It was a simple, thank you note.

And it got a simple, powerful, reply.

George, a Newtown graduate and the football coach since 2007, Tweeted a picture of it just an hour or so after the President left town. It was re-Tweeted several hundred times within a half hour.

George and Pattison wrote:

“Dear President Obama,

“The Newtown community is so thankful that you are coming to help us heal. In times of adversity it is reassuring to know that we have a strong leader to help us recover.

-Steve George, teacher/football coach
-Bobby Pattison, teacher

Obama’s reply:

You’re in our thoughts and prayers.
-Barack Obama

Obama met the families of the children and teachers killed in the Sandy Hook shooting and later addressed the auditorium with an 18-minute speech broadcast around the world.

Sean Patrick Bowley

5 Responses

  1. Paola Chinosi says:

    From Italy
    Sono vicina a tutti i genitori che in questo momento piangono la scomparsa di un loro bambino o parente che sia. Quello che é accaduto é stato orribile, devastante, incomprensibile. Prego Dio di sostenere quei genitori che non vedranno più sorridere i loro figli. Prego Dio che nessuno debba più vivere un’esperienza come quella di Newtown.

    With love,

  2. @Paola – Grazie tanto.

    He said: I am with all the parents who at the moment are mourning the death of their child or family member who is. What has happened was horrible, devastating, incomprehensible. I pray to God to support those parents who no longer see their children smile. I pray to God that no one should experience more like that of Newtown.

  3. Dave Lib says:

    Classy move by the Prez. It would have been great if he drew up a play or wrote “Run the fumble-rooski” on the whiteboard, too.
    I’m not a supporter of his….but I applaud what he did on the whiteboard.
    I’m glad his staff (or somebody) corrected him on saying the town’s name the right way….on Friday he butchered it twice….”Nurton”..”Newton” That made me even more upset than I already was.
    Anyway, best wishes to anybody affected in the NEW-TOWN tragedy.

  4. GHS1973 says:

    Jesus, This was as bad as it gets…I’m still bummed out 3 days later…Thanks for Monroe to let the remaining kids use an elementary school Monroe had closed a couple of years ago …I can’t imagine any of those Newtown kids going back to Sandy Hook Elementary…They ought to just bulldoze it down, and build a new one somewhere else..

  5. GHS1973 says:

    Nice job by Victor Cruz to show up in Newtown yesterday…One of the kids was a huge fan of his…He met with the family…Great job, Victor, and that act of kindness goes along way and is most appreciated around here…